Week of July 11
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS-Week One
- Our culture values busy-ness; if you’re busy, then you must be important or valuable. How has the first part of this book challenged that mindset for you?
- John Mark shares a story about a conversation between megachurch pastor John Ortberg and Dallas Willard, a Christian teacher and philosopher. During this conversation, Ortberg asks what he must do to become the person he wants to be. Willard responds with the line that sparked the title of this book, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” What do you think he meant by this? Why would hurry be a threat to our spiritual lives?
- John Mark makes the point that hurry and love are incompatible. Do you think that’s true? Do you notice a difference in how you treat people when you are busy, distracted, or rushed? Consider Jesus, do you see hurry in him?
- John Mark writes about the idea that our hurried lifestyle is often an attempt to either run from something (wounds, trauma, insecurity) or toward something (experiences, a promotion). Which do you think is true for you? Why is that?
- Revisit John Mark’s 10 symptoms of hurry sickness on pp. 48-51. Which of these resonate with you? Would you like to feel differently? Are you willing to try something new?
Monday Matthew 9
Tuesday Matthew 11
Wednesday John 13
Thursday 1 Corinthians 13
Friday James 1
Saturday John 16